Thursday, October 19, 2006

It's all in the execution...

That's one of the HM&B editors' favorite sayings. They'll get asked about this plot idea and that plot idea, or this hero or that heroine and whether or not it could work for a line and more often than you would imagine (because don't people think there are lots of "rules" in romance?), they come back with, "It's all in the execution."

I've been thinking a fun discussion to have would be: what professions really throw you for a loop in a hero and/or heroine...or what kind of profession have you never seen and never want to? I don't like negative discussion though, but I think chatting about what might totally surprise you or disconcert you (at first anyway) could be fun. Or maybe what did surprise you and then you found yourself liking?

But let's remember that it's all in the execution and while we might chat about it here, I really *do not* want any books given as negavitve examples or plot lines given that could identify the book in a comment that might be construed as disparaging. I really want this to be fun...because I love the discussions we have on here.

I'll start. I've never been a big sports fan, so reading about athlete heroes wasn't high on my priority list. Then I discovered SEP's football heroes and not only did I LOVE the books, I ended up enjoying watching football a whole lot more than I ever had. :)

13 comments:

Brandy said...

The first really kick butt heroine I ever read was one by Lori Foster, Unexpected. The heroine was a Mercenary! It was the first time I'd ever encountered a female in such a role.

Nonny said...

"It's all in the execution..."

Assassins! XD

Seriously, for some reason, I love assassins as heroes/heroines. I'm not sure why. But I'll almost always pick up a book with one as the MC.

Necromancers are the other big one for me. Love em. ^_^

... can you tell I read mostly paranormal or fantasy? LOL.

Ali said...

I read Turning Tricks by Claire Thompson, where the heroine in the story starts out as a prostitute. It was one of the reasons I didn't want to read the story, but, I think I won a e-book copy, and read it anyway. And, wow, did this turn out to be an amazing read. You can watch the change in the heroine and it was more than I expected.

Stacy~ said...

Lori Foster also had a heroine that was a prostitute, and while I was a huge fan and didn't think I would like it, Cyn turned out to be my all-time favorite Foster heroine.

What about a female sports figure? There was a movie a few years ago where the heroine played basketball - "Love and Basketball" was the name of it. She was such a strong heroine. Or a female tycoon? Female CEO? We need more women in power LOL.

Kelley said...

I'm with Stacy. I want more women in power.

Not only just powerful roles but also jobs that are considered "for men". I'm working on a story in my writing class where the heroine is the foreman on a construction site. The men give her such a hard time but she is one strong lady!

Lucy Monroe said...

Oh, yeah...I loved that book by Lori Foster...both of those mentioned actually. And Turning Tricks sounds really good.

I also enjoy heroines who are personally powerful or in positions usually relegated to men. JAK has done lots of those and her stories really rock for me.

Cryna said...

I like to read books where the heroine is one that is in a profession that is predominately a "man's" world. I have read both of the Lori Foster books mentioned, and enjoyed them, but have not read the Turning Tricks one......but it sounds interesting.

Kelley your heroine that you are developing in your writing class sounds like a book that I would love to read.......because construction is one of the more male dominant professions, and sort of like a frontier for women to break into......

I would love to see some books on athletic heroes such as the hockey sports, and especially on the female hockey players who are just as good and in some cases better than the men...........LOL I think it would be an interesting read because as we all know "hockey" as well as "football" is a man's sport and not for women to compete in......yeah right!!

kim said...

i love sports and sports heroes.

Estella said...

I like to read about women atheletes in a mans sport and women in a pedominantly 'mans' field.

Chantal said...

I am not into sports, so I was surprised to see that I liked a heroine who was a basketball player. I almost didn't pick up the book because of it, but I am glad that I did.

I love it when the hero is a police officer, but I have not been able to get into it when the heroine is the cop.

Lori said...

Chantal, I think it's that whole "man in uniform" thing *g*

I've seen several women rock stars, but I don't recall ever seeing a male rock star. Of course the female rock star was always being protected by a man in uniform LOL.

And I agree with everyone... Ray was a totally kickass heroine in Unexpected. Female mercenaries aren't something you see everyday.

Melissa said...

I think execution is the key. I would find just about any profession interesting if it something the person is gifted at or does with integrity and enthusiasm. That being said Speech Pathology is an interesting profession for a heroine (wink). I think it is also interesting anytime you see a male or female character in a profession that is a gender/role reversal for them.

Awesome question Lucy!

Lucy Monroe said...

I love these discussions because they give me so many ideas. Now...if I only had time to write them all. LOL But seriously...your thoughts make me think and I like that...a lot!